If you’ve ever heard of a Dear Jane quilt, then you can thank quiltmaker and author Brenda Manges Papadakis!
In fact, we've selected the 25th anniversary edition of Dear Jane as our Book of the Month to celebrate the incredible and historic quilt originally made by Jane A. Stickle in 1863. Brenda’s revised and updated book showcases the 225 tiny, geometric pieced blocks from Jane's legendary quilt — reminding makers around the world why Jane, her story, and her quilt are so timeless.
The new edition of Dear Jane includes a full-size pattern for each of the 225 blocks in Jane’s original quilt so that you can learn to make your own version! Additionally, it has an option for an Electric Quilt software module with patterns, notes, tips, and step-by-step instructions from Brenda. For those who prefer freezer paper, paper piecing, or other methods, the softcover book lays flat enough to easily trace or photocopy the pages.
Join the long tradition of quilters and the worldwide community of Dear Jane enthusiasts. Purchase the book today, while supplies last!
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 160 pp
About Dear Jane
In the early 1990s, Brenda became obsessed with one very special quilt made by Jane A. Stickle in 1863. She made multiple trips to visit that quilt in a Vermont museum, and with a paper and pencil, she painstakingly traced each of the 225 blocks to create a pattern. She began making her own quilt with these patterns, and as she stitched, she wrote a series of poignant letters to Jane. Brenda’s letters, some of which were quite personal, were published in her 1996 book titled Dear Jane — which became the name of the quilt itself.
To this day, Brenda is astounded that Jane’s quilt — stitched in her modest farmhouse while America was at war — has touched and inspired quilters everywhere. This updated, beautiful anniversary edition will introduce her story to a new generation of makers and remind those who already love Dear Jane why her story, and her quilt, are so timeless.
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